By Thomas Riha
"This new and enlarged model of Readings in Russian Civilization is the results of relatively broad revisions. There are actually seventy two rather than sixty four goods; 20 of the choices are new. the 1st quantity has passed through the least swap with three new goods, of which 2 seem in English for the 1st time. within the moment quantity there are 6 new goods; them all look in English for the 1st time. The 3rd quantity has gone through the best revision, with eleven new goods, of which 6 are newly translated from the Russian. it's the editor's desire that goods passed over within the re-creation should not sorely ignored, and that the hot choices will come in handy and illuminating. the purpose, all through, has been to hide parts of data and classes which have been overlooked within the first version, and to incorporate themes that are vital within the learn of the Russian prior and present."The bibliographical headnotes were enlarged, with the end result that there at the moment are nearly two times as many entries as within the outdated version. New citations comprise not just works that have seemed considering that 1963, but additionally older books and articles that have come to the editor's attention."—From the Editor's Preface". . . a really apt blend of seminal works and newer commentaries that achieves the editor's objective of stimulating interest and constructing some degree of view."—C. Bickford O'Brien, The Russian Review"These 3 volumes hide fairly good the most classes of Russian civilization. the alternative of the articles and different fabric is made through a reliable and impartial scholar."—Ivan A. Lopatin, Professor of Asian and Slavic reviews, collage of Southern California
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Sophia is, there is Novgorod," exclaims Prince Mstislav in 1215. "Come to your patrimony, to St. Sophia," the citizens beseech Prince Yaroslav. "With the aid of St. Sophia," Novgorod conquers in battle. Sooner than submit to the Mongol census (in 1259) the people resolve to "die honourably for St. " "I bow down to St. Sophia and to the men of Novgorod," says Mstislav, when negotiating for his installation as prince (in 1210). "I make my greeting to St. Sophia . . and to you: God grant I may lie by my father in St.
It goes without saying that the Greek Orthodox Church forbade the practice of "usury" in exactly the same words as did the Roman Catholic Church. Nevertheless, interest on loans was legalized both in the Byzantine and the Russian jurisprudence. The failure of the Eastern Church in this matter, as contrasted with the partial success of the Western Church, is to be explained by the difference in economic background of the East and the West. With all due reservations, one cannot but characterize the economic regime of the early Middle Ages in the West as that of a "natural economy" based on agriculture.
Thus in 1410 "the men of Chronicle 0/ Novgorod began to trade in Nemetski artugs and Lithuanian groshes • • • doing away with skin-tokens," and in 1420 they "began to deal in silver coin," and sold the Nemtsy their artugs again. (v) Every rank, power, and interest in Novgorod rests upon the sovereign people. As no dynasty can establish itself permanently, still less any aristocracy of western type, the Republic preserves with peculiar purity the ancient democratic ideas and institutions. Down to the Muscovite conquest, the city is more powerful than any of its lords, officials, or classes.
Readings in Russian Civilization, Volume 1: Russia Before Peter the Great, 900-1700 by Thomas Riha